Boy van Poppel 7th in Stage 3 of the 2012 Tour of Britain

Team ’s (NED) finished 7thin Stage 3 of the 2012 , landing in the top 10 for the third straight day at the event. Although he relinquished the overall leader’s IG Gold Jersey, van Poppel’s finish was enough to help him retain the Chain Reaction Cycles Points Leader’s Jersey. (GBR) of won the stage today while the duo of and Aidis Kruopis took second and third place, respectively.

The boys from rode hard throughout the day to protect the gold leader’s jersey that van Poppel secured following his third place finish in yesterday’s second stage. Despite their valiant effort, the boys were unable to hold onto the gold jersey, but van Poppel sits in 3rd place in the overall, +0.04 off general classification leader, Howard, and Cavendish, who sits in second overall.

The young speedster from Poppel took second in Stage 1 of the Tour on Sunday, September 9.

The is now the UK’s biggest professional bike race and the country’s largest free-to-watch sporting event. Stage 4 of the Tour continues tomorrow, Wednesday, September 12, as the North West stage of the race heads from Carlisle to Blackpool, via Penrith, Shap, Kendal, Kirkby Lonsdale and the Lune Valley. The stage gets underway at 11am local time in Carlisle and is expected to arrive on Blackpool Promenade between 2:30pm and 3pm local time for the finish beneath Blackpool Tower.

TEAM ROSTER FOR THE 2012 (September 9-16, 2012):

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